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Archives about Amanda McConnon

The magnitude and quality of grief: In conversation with April Naoko Heck

April Naoko Heck’s A Nuclear Family travels from the nuclear blast of Hiroshima to the life of its speaker in America decades later, but in spite of the distance in both space and time between the events, they never feel unconnected. Through images, Heck reminds us of the utter chaos of war in the most

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June 2, 2014

I wanted us to walk together: An interview with Arif Gamal

Intimate, moving, and wise, Arif Gamal’s Morning in Serra Mattu: A Nubian Ode (McSweeney’s Poetry Series, April 2014) explores issues of identity, community, and homeland, collective memory and loss, and the intersection of environmental, geopolitical, and personal history in contemporary Sudan.  Arif was kind enough to discuss the inspiration and intentions that underlie his “mosaic”

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May 5, 2014

Poetry’s special way of folding: A conversation with Rodney Koeneke

Etruria stunned me with the way it was both disorienting and deeply grounding, illogical and rational. It approaches and examines the big questions of life with vulnerability, and without coming to clear conclusions. Reading it feels like witnessing the speaker hash thought out, which leaves the reader feeling more emotionally and intellectually connected than had

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April 7, 2014

Josh Booton – The Union of Geometry and Ash

Late Night Debut, hosted by Amber Keller This month we feature Josh Booton’s debut poetry collection, The Union of Geometry and Ash, from Bear Star Press. “In the midst of his discourses on love and yearning, terror and the suffering of the flesh—especially in the masterful crown of sonnets of the title poem—Booton displays an originality that is

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February 27, 2014

Late Night Interview

Fierce is the word that first comes to my mind when I think of Meghan Privitello. Not fierce in a way that’s off-putting or isolating, but rather a way that gives you the sense that she is deeply focused, that her thought is somehow sharper or more accurate than most other thought. Whenever I read one

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February 6, 2014

No Things But in Places: A Conversation with J. Scott Brownlee

I met J. Scott Brownlee during my first workshop as a graduate student at New York University, where, early in the semester, I heard him read his poem “Mockingbird” the same way it was written—with slow, accumulating thought and ponderous pauses. I began to look forward to hearing his poems each week because, never having

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January 6, 2014

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